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09-01-2015 09:07 PM
FatherLandDescendant
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Originally Posted by bereninga View Post
Oh, so having the needle valve closed first instead will help prevent that sudden dump when the tank nears the end? I hate when the tank does that.
Don't know about that, it SHOULD slow the release down though. A controller should,in theory, eliminate ETD. I've not had a catastrophic dump yet.
09-01-2015 08:18 PM
bereninga
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Originally Posted by FatherLandDescendant View Post
Some diffusers need a minimum pressure to operate, so yes working pressure (right hand gauge) can matter in certain applications. If you close the needle valve just until it stops (DO NOT tighten it after it stops), turn on the tank, then turn the center knob until the right hand gauge gets to the operating pressure you want, then open the needle valve to the bubble count you want, you'll be set.

If you follow their directions you'll be forever trying to get the regulator set to a stable pressure and bubble count. Following their directions, when the solenoid closes the pressure in the regulator will go up, when it opens it'll dump a CO2 charge then taper off. This can be a problem for those who run controllers, we (I do at lest) who run controllers often run them right on the verge of gassing our fish, that sudden dump can succeed in doing just that.
Oh, so having the needle valve closed first instead will help prevent that sudden dump when the tank nears the end? I hate when the tank does that.
09-01-2015 07:17 PM
FatherLandDescendant
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Originally Posted by bereninga View Post
The above instructions say to regulate the pressure as close as possible w/ the larger knob and while keeping the needle valve open. I thought the more important factor is the BBM, not the pressure read-out. At least that's what I got from the earlier posts.
Some diffusers need a minimum pressure to operate, so yes working pressure (right hand gauge) can matter in certain applications. If you close the needle valve just until it stops (DO NOT tighten it after it stops), turn on the tank, then turn the center knob until the right hand gauge gets to the operating pressure you want, then open the needle valve to the bubble count you want, you'll be set.

If you follow their directions you'll be forever trying to get the regulator set to a stable pressure and bubble count. Following their directions, when the solenoid closes the pressure in the regulator will go up, when it opens it'll dump a CO2 charge then taper off. This can be a problem for those who run controllers, we (I do at lest) who run controllers often run them right on the verge of gassing our fish, that sudden dump can succeed in doing just that.
09-01-2015 05:07 PM
bereninga
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Originally Posted by FatherLandDescendant View Post
First off the instructions they give forget. The way they say to do it you'll never line out the bubble count.

Close the needle valve (turn clockwise till it stops), but not to tight you don't want to damage the seat.

With your gas tank open all the way, turn the black knob on the front of the regulator clockwise until your right hand gauge is set at the operating pressure you want.

Start to open the needle valve to the bubble count you want.

Check every few hours for the rest of the day and by tomorrow it'll be running like you want it.

Follow their directions you'll NEVER get it set
The above instructions say to regulate the pressure as close as possible w/ the larger knob and while keeping the needle valve open. I thought the more important factor is the BBM, not the pressure read-out. At least that's what I got from the earlier posts.
08-13-2015 09:20 AM
FatherLandDescendant
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Originally Posted by thefish View Post
I just buy one, Milwaukee. I have installed as stated in the manual, but the low pressure gauge does not rise and release so many bubbles. After a few minutes the bubbles flow fall until don't go out. Do you not know that could happen with him ?. If I take the gauge up to 10 psi, the bubbles coming out are exaggerated (50 per second) Do you use the needle valve to regulate the bubbles? Greetings from Mexico!
First off the instructions they give forget. The way they say to do it you'll never line out the bubble count.

Close the needle valve (turn clockwise till it stops), but not to tight you don't want to damage the seat.

With your gas tank open all the way, turn the black knob on the front of the regulator clockwise until your right hand gauge is set at the operating pressure you want.

Start to open the needle valve to the bubble count you want.

Check every few hours for the rest of the day and by tomorrow it'll be running like you want it.

Follow their directions you'll NEVER get it set
08-13-2015 06:58 AM
thefish I just buy one, Milwaukee. I have installed as stated in the manual, but the low pressure gauge does not rise and release so many bubbles. After a few minutes the bubbles flow fall until don't go out. Do you not know that could happen with him ?. If I take the gauge up to 10 psi, the bubbles coming out are exaggerated (50 per second) Do you use the needle valve to regulate the bubbles? Greetings from Mexico!
06-09-2015 09:00 PM
dasit88 Old thread, but great info here.

This is a common regulator, so i'm sure this thread has helped many people like myself.
01-22-2015 03:13 AM
decemberwind Anyone had problems with this regulator randomly gassing the tank after behaving itself for weeks at a time? Haven't used it in a year cause I'm afraid of it happening again.
07-04-2014 06:39 AM
flight50
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Originally Posted by aquarist View Post
This is a great thread, lots of information here on a good budget regulator. I recently got a brand new M957 for $60, but it came with a leaky solenoid, so I am planning on using it for a fishless tank system that will have 8 aquariums total hooked up to it. I too have had some problems adjusting the needle valve, its not that precise, but for the price it gets the job done. I wouldn't not suggest using this regulator on a tank with a bunch of expensive fish, but to have on hand as a backup or to use for fishless systems it would work amazingly.
Sounds like your doing what I am doing. I will be pulling my retired Milwaukee out and running it on (8) fishless tanks. I replaced mine with the electronic Aquariumplants.com regulator and it rocks. Until I can get another Aquariumplants regulator the Milwaukee will serve it purpose since it will only be aquascaped tanks for at least a year. I just hope it still works as it did before it was retired.

Glad I ran across this troubleshooting thread though. Only issue I actually had with this regulator as well as any with a solenoid I guess, is the dumping of the tank. I lost half my tank due to me missing my "time to refill" window. But I will definite use this thread if needed.
06-06-2014 12:19 AM
aquarist This is a great thread, lots of information here on a good budget regulator. I recently got a brand new M957 for $60, but it came with a leaky solenoid, so I am planning on using it for a fishless tank system that will have 8 aquariums total hooked up to it. I too have had some problems adjusting the needle valve, its not that precise, but for the price it gets the job done. I wouldn't not suggest using this regulator on a tank with a bunch of expensive fish, but to have on hand as a backup or to use for fishless systems it would work amazingly.
06-05-2014 04:19 PM
jcgilmore2 Mine only gets steady when I get the right gauge up to 40 then adjust the needle valve. Especially when hooked to a timer. Been using this regulator for about a year now... Its not consistent when kept on a timer or going off/on a lot. Sometimes it just stops and needs turned off/on real quick.

I understand that this can damage the needle valve over time so be careful, but I think that's something I can deal with to have a steady co2 supply.
11-18-2013 10:00 PM
Lab_Man I'm glad that I found this thread!!! What a timely thread for me as I'm setting up my first planted tank. Thank you.

I was reading that I need a diffuser to get the CO2 mixed into the H2O. I was looking at a diffuser that needs 30 psi to operate. How do I use a diffuser in conjunction with this set up?

http://greenleafaquariums.com/produc...alve-70mm.html
04-07-2013 06:33 PM
Wasserpest
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Originally Posted by Woody0229 View Post
Having this issue right now. Does any one have any more input? I tried the trouble shoot and was getting one bubble per 30-45 seconds. This regulator is only a week old. Did I ruin it already or are these cheap?
So... did you follow the instructions?

Even though it says to ignore it - I am going to ask: what pressure does your right side gauge report?

I am running one of them for almost 10 years with zilch problems. Cheap needle valves might make your mileage vary a bit.
04-07-2013 03:50 AM
Woody0229
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Originally Posted by Andrewtfw View Post
I just set up my Milwaukee regulator and was having problems adjusting it so that any bubbles would consistently enter the bubble counter.
Having this issue right now. Does any one have any more input? I tried the trouble shoot and was getting one bubble per 30-45 seconds. This regulator is only a week old. Did I ruin it already or are these cheap?
12-25-2012 07:19 PM
Andrewtfw I just set up my Milwaukee regulator and was having problems adjusting it so that any bubbles would consistently enter the bubble counter. Thankfully, more than seven years later, this thread remains. I was able to solve the problem and my regulator is working fine now.
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